A Laser Cloud Base Recorder is an instrument used on the Met Office network to measure cloud amount and height at different layers up to 25000ft.
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Where Laser Cloud Base Recorders have since been installed, measurements are available of cloud amount and height at different layers up to a maximum of 25000 ft. Cloud amounts are obtained by processing data over time and are of limited accuracy; orographically forced cloud, not advected over the instrument, will not be recorded. At the manned stations the LCBR is used as an observing aid, while at automatic stations amounts and heights with missing cloud types are reported in the SYNOP message.
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